Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Population in 2017: 11,809 (82% urban, 18% rural).
Population change since 2000: +134.1%
Males: 5,381  (45.6%)
Females: 6,428  (54.4%)
Median resident age:

51.6 years
Alabama median age:

38.9 years

Zip codes: 36561.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $52,884 (it was $41,826 in 2000)
Gulf Shores:

$52,884
AL:

$48,123

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $39,081 (it was $24,356 in 2000)

Gulf Shores city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $275,658 (it was $161,700 in 2000)
Gulf Shores:

$275,658
AL:

$141,300

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $248,070; detached houses: $261,548; townhouses or other attached units: $239,561; in 2-unit structures: $124,313; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $231,565; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $414,393; mobile homes: $117,386; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $75,849

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,021.

March 2019 cost of living index in Gulf Shores: 88.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 12.9%
(12.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Gulf Shores, AL (2017)
    • 10,68693.6%White alone
    • 3853.4%Hispanic
    • 1181.0%Asian alone
    • 990.9%Two or more races
    • 350.3%Black alone
    • 240.2%American Indian alone

Races in Gulf Shores detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 13 registered sex offenders living in Gulf Shores, Alabama as of August 06, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Gulf Shores is 869 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Gulf Shores by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(15.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.5)
1
(9.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.4)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(31.6)
4
(54.6)
8
(84.3)
19
(173.0)
8
(73.1)
9
(81.8)
7
(71.5)
3
(29.9)
4
(39.1)
7
(64.1)
7
(62.6)
10
(88.2)
8
(67.2)
3
(25.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
5
(79.0)
11
(150.1)
57
(600.9)
6
(54.6)
3
(27.4)
4
(36.4)
2
(20.4)
7
(69.8)
5
(48.9)
6
(54.9)
6
(53.7)
7
(61.7)
1
(8.4)
2
(16.6)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
33
(521.1)
32
(436.6)
20
(210.8)
7
(63.7)
11
(100.5)
10
(90.9)
33
(337.1)
36
(359.2)
42
(410.4)
27
(247.1)
25
(223.7)
22
(194.0)
30
(252.0)
19
(158.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
94
(1,484)
104
(1,419)
101
(1,065)
57
(518.9)
51
(465.9)
28
(254.6)
138
(1,410)
133
(1,327)
97
(947.9)
127
(1,162)
115
(1,029)
95
(837.7)
76
(638.4)
53
(441.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
318
(5,021)
326
(4,448)
341
(3,595)
497
(4,524)
511
(4,668)
428
(3,891)
391
(3,995)
603
(6,017)
531
(5,189)
515
(4,713)
556
(4,975)
524
(4,621)
474
(3,982)
419
(3,488)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
17
(268.4)
19
(259.2)
8
(84.3)
8
(72.8)
8
(73.1)
13
(118.2)
18
(183.9)
25
(249.5)
21
(205.2)
23
(210.5)
17
(152.1)
30
(264.6)
28
(235.2)
25
(208.1)
Arson
(per 100,000)
N/AN/AN/AN/A0
(0.0)
N/A4
(40.9)
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)511.0474.0536.1408.8312.0295.7404.0470.3418.4422.2394.2392.5346.2243.6

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City-data.com crime index in Gulf Shores, AL

Crime rate in Gulf Shores detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 64 (47 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.91
Alabama average:

2.17
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Ancestries: American (29.0%), English (26.3%), Irish (10.3%), German (8.8%), Scotch-Irish (5.1%), Italian (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 12 feet

Land area: 18.4 square miles.

Population density: 642 people per square mile   (low).

Gulf Shores, Alabama map

273 residents are foreign born (1.9% Europe).

This city:

2.3%
Alabama:

3.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $909 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $802 (0.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pensacola, FL (31.6 miles , pop. 56,255).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: New Orleans, LA (142.5 miles , pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (461.3 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities:

Orange Beach, AL (2.9 miles ),
Foley, AL (3.1 miles ),
Magnolia Springs, AL (3.2 miles ),
Elberta, AL (3.4 miles ),
Perdido Beach, AL (3.6 miles ),
Summerdale, AL (3.9 miles ),
Silverhill, AL (4.4 miles ),
Robertsdale, AL (4.5 miles )

Latitude: 30.27 N, Longitude: 87.70 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,010 (+16.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,321 (61.4%)

Area code: 251

Distribution of median household income in Gulf Shores, AL in 2017
Distribution of house value in Gulf Shores, AL in 2017
Gulf Shores satellite photo by USGS

Gulf Shores tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 167 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 1998: 102 buildings, average cost: $134,600
  • 1999: 134 buildings, average cost: $142,300
  • 2000: 133 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2001: 134 buildings, average cost: $136,500
  • 2002: 196 buildings, average cost: $145,300
  • 2003: 331 buildings, average cost: $149,500
  • 2004: 556 buildings, average cost: $150,200
  • 2005: 504 buildings, average cost: $182,200
  • 2006: 161 buildings, average cost: $233,300
  • 2007: 143 buildings, average cost: $219,500
  • 2008: 81 buildings, average cost: $262,200
  • 2009: 48 buildings, average cost: $251,600
  • 2010: 26 buildings, average cost: $295,300
  • 2011: 49 buildings, average cost: $214,000
  • 2012: 94 buildings, average cost: $267,400
  • 2013: 124 buildings, average cost: $308,400
  • 2014: 128 buildings, average cost: $267,700
  • 2015: 160 buildings, average cost: $273,000
  • 2016: 257 buildings, average cost: $267,600
  • 2017: 255 buildings, average cost: $267,400
Number of permits per 10,000 Gulf Shores, AL residents
Average permit cost in Gulf Shores, AL
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.5%
Alabama:

3.8%
Historical population in Gulf Shores, AL
Historical housing units in Gulf Shores, AL
Most common industries in Gulf Shores, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (15.0%)
  • Construction (13.0%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (9.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.7%)
  • Health care (4.9%)
  • Educational services (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (22.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (9.5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (8.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.5%)
  • Health care (3.8%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (3.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (21.7%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (9.8%)
  • Educational services (7.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.4%)
  • Health care (6.3%)
  • Social assistance (4.6%)
Most common occupations in Gulf Shores, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.0%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (12.5%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (7.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (9.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (8.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.2%)
  • Cashiers (5.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.0%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.5%)

Average climate in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Gulf Shores, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 60.2. This is better than average.

City:

60.2
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 29.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.1
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Gulf Shores-area historical tornado activity is below Alabama state average. It is 3% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/13/2001, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the Gulf Shores city center caused $250,000 in damages.

On 4/25/1982, a category F3 tornado 25.6 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Gulf Shores-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Alabama state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 64.4 miles away from the city center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 285.5 miles away from Gulf Shores center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 226.9 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 218.6 miles away from Gulf Shores center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 165.3 miles away from Gulf Shores center
On 10/26/1997 at 23:27:12, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 62.3 miles away from Gulf Shores center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Baldwin County (28) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 20
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 15, Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 6, Winds: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Gulf Shores topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Gulf Shores:

  • GULF SHORES DIALYSIS CENTER (3947 GULF SHORES PARKWAY)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Gulf Shores:

  • COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF BALDWIN COUNTY (Hospital, about 8 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • FMC FOLEY (Dialysis Facility, about 11 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • MID-SOUTH HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • SOUTH BALDWIN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 11 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • GOLDEN LIVING CENTER - FOLEY (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • SOUTH BALDWIN DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 12 miles away; FOLEY, AL)

Airports and other landing facilities located in Gulf Shores:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Gulf Shores:

  • Columbia Southern University (about 6 miles; Orange Beach, AL; Full-time enrollment: 14,996)
  • Pensacola State College (about 34 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 8,740)
  • The University of West Florida (about 35 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 10,240)
  • Bishop State Community College (about 37 miles; Mobile, AL; FT enrollment: 2,822)
  • James H Faulkner State Community College (about 41 miles; Bay Minette, AL; FT enrollment: 3,703)
  • University of South Alabama (about 42 miles; Mobile, AL; FT enrollment: 13,228)
  • Northwest Florida State College (about 76 miles; Niceville, FL; FT enrollment: 5,052)

Public high school in Gulf Shores:

Public elementary/middle schools in Gulf Shores:

See full list of schools located in Gulf Shores

Library in Gulf Shores:

  • GULF SHORES - THOMAS B. NORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $546,200; Location: 221 WEST 19TH AVENUE; 44,556 books; 4,300 audio materials; 3,930 video materials; 5 local licensed databases; 81 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 123 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Private schools in Gulf Shores: Grace Christian Academy (students: 102; location: 19470 County Rd 6; Grades PreK4-6)
  • I would like to make you aware of The Academy of Arts and Sciences in Gulf Shores which is an independent private school for children ages 3 through the 6th Grade

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Gulf Shores: The Golf Club of the Wharf (A), Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club (B), Homeport Marina (C), Gulf State Park Golf Course (D), City of Gulf Shores Utililty Board Wastewater Treatment Plant (E), Craft Farms Resort (F), Waterville USA Water Park (G), Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (H), Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Station 1 (I), Gulf Shores Museum (J), Thomas B Norton Public Library (K), Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Station 2 (L), Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Station 3 (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Paradise Isle Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Gulf Shores include: Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church (A), Gulf Shores United Methodist Church (B), First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores (C), First Baptist Church (D), Holy Spirit Episcopal Church (E), Gulfway Church of the Assemblies of God (F), Saint Judes by the Sea Lutheran Church (G), Gulf Shores Church of Christ (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Miller Memorial Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Shelby Lakes (A), Little Lagoon (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Stanton Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Gulf Shores include: Fort Morgan State Historic Site (1), Gulf State Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Alabama Coastal Amusements (Recreation Areas; 800 West Beach Boulevard) (1), Ike's Beach Service Inc (Recreation Areas; 800 West Beach Boulevard) (2), Waterville USA Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; Highway 59 South) (3), Pirate's Island Adventure Golf (Amusement & Theme Parks; Highway 59) (4), The Track Recreation Center (Amusement & Theme Parks; 3200 Gulf Shores Parkway) (5), Gulf Shores Condo Rentals (965 West Beach Boulevard) (6), Sun Chase 307 (1129 West Beach Boulevard) (7). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Phoenix All Suites (East Beach Boulevard) (1), Best Western On The Beach (Hwy 182 East Beach Boulevard) (2), LA Quinta Inn (213 West Fort Morgan Road) (3), Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Gulf Shores- (365 E Beach Blvd) (4), Gulf Shores Plantation (Highway 180 West) (5), Sun Chase 307 (1129 West Beach Boulevard) (6), Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (Hwy 182-E Gulf Shores Blvd) (7), Comfort Inn Gulf Shores (3049 West 1st Street) (8), Gulf Pines Motel (Highway 180 East) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Baldwin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Gulf Shores that have no violations reported:

  • GULF SHORES (UTILITIES BOARD CITY OF) (Population served: 23,823, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Alabama:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

61.4%
Whole state:

67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.8%
Whole state:

4.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households
4 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
2 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Banks with most branches in Gulf Shores (2011 data):

  • Centennial Bank: Gulf Shores Branch at 2201 West First Street, branch established on 2000/03/29; Gulf Shores Branch at 2201 West First Street, branch established on 2000/03/29. Info updated 2012/02/29: Bank assets: $3,588.2 mil, Deposits: $2,891.9 mil, headquarters in Conway, AR, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 109 total offices, Holding Company: Home Bancshares, Inc.
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Gulf Shores Branch at 1500 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1981/07/13. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • First National Bank of Baldwin County: Gulf Shores Branch at 205 East 20th Avenue, branch established on 2002/05/31. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $206.6 mil, Deposits: $196.0 mil, headquarters in Foley, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: First Baldwin Bancshares, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Craft Farms Branch at 3830 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 2009/06/15. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Gulf Shores Branch at 1617 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1982/06/29. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Merchants & Marine Bank: Gulf Shores Branch at 1820 South Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1964/02/14. Info updated 2012/01/05: Bank assets: $556.1 mil, Deposits: $476.8 mil, headquarters in Pascagoula, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Merchants & Marine Bancorp, Inc.
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Gulf Shores Branch at 250 West Fort Morgan Road, branch established on 1988/01/04. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • Woodforest National Bank: Al Gulf Shores at 170 Fort Morgan Road, branch established on 2009/11/07. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • Whitney Bank: Gulf Shores Branch at 1801 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1996/08/19. Info updated 2011/06/14: Bank assets: $14,882.3 mil, Deposits: $11,630.0 mil, headquarters in New Orleans, LA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 189 total offices, Holding Company: Hancock Holding Company

For population 15 years and over in Gulf Shores:

Marital status in Gulf Shores, AL
  • Never married: 24.5%
  • Now married: 53.5%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 8.2%
  • Divorced: 13.0%

For population 25 years and over in Gulf Shores:

  • High school or higher: 96.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.9%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
Alabama average:

11.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Gulf Shores
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Gulf Shores, AL (based on Baldwin County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant57,986178
Mainline Protestant20,07548
Catholic14,00913
Black Protestant3,13017
Other1,52814
Orthodox1901
None85,347-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 23
Baldwin County:

1.34 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Baldwin County:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Here:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 113
Baldwin County:

6.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 184
Here:

10.71 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Baldwin County:

9.4%
State:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Baldwin County:

24.5%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.8%
Alabama:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

53.4%
Alabama:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Gulf Shores:

50.6%
Alabama:

44.8%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.5
State:

29.0

People feeling badly about themselves:
Gulf Shores:

21.0%
State:

21.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.1%
State:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.0
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.5%
Alabama:

34.4%

General health condition:
Gulf Shores:

57.8%
Alabama:

54.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Gulf Shores:

76.7%
Alabama:

79.1%

More about Health and Nutrition of Gulf Shores, AL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 47$178,011$45,4502$2,883
Firefighters 42$189,419$54,1200$0
Police Protection - Officers 42$195,761$55,9320$0
Parks and Recreation 30$115,074$46,03041$57,053
Financial Administration 18$78,866$52,5772$2,433
Streets and Highways 11$34,687$37,8400$0
Local Libraries 6$20,622$41,2444$5,081
Correction 5$14,707$35,2970$0
Solid Waste Management 5$14,725$35,3400$0
Judicial and Legal 5$19,011$45,6260$0
Other Government Administration 3$12,485$49,9406$8,750
Police - Other 2$7,495$44,9700$0
Fire - Other 1$2,998$35,9760$0
Health 1$3,454$41,4480$0
Totals for Government 218$887,315$48,84355$76,200

Gulf Shores government finances - Expenditure in 2013 (per resident):

  • Construction - Local Fire Protection: $1,311,000 ($111.02)
    Parks and Recreation: $346,000 ($29.30)
    Regular Highways: $156,000 ($13.21)
    Police Protection: $93,000 ($7.88)
    Central Staff Services: $16,000 ($1.35)
  • Current Operations - Housing and Community Development: $5,428,000 ($459.65)
    Regular Highways: $4,608,000 ($390.21)
    Police Protection: $4,099,000 ($347.11)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,621,000 ($306.63)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,244,000 ($274.71)
    Central Staff Services: $2,885,000 ($244.31)
    Financial Administration: $1,323,000 ($112.03)
    Air Transportation: $1,146,000 ($97.04)
    General - Other: $1,053,000 ($89.17)
    Libraries: $400,000 ($33.87)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $332,000 ($28.11)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $323,000 ($27.35)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $28,000 ($2.37)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,787,000 ($151.33)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $555,000 ($47.00)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $120,000 ($10.16)
    Parks and Recreation: $115,000 ($9.74)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $55,000 ($4.66)
    Police Protection: $43,000 ($3.64)
    Parking Facilities: $35,000 ($2.96)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,124,000 ($772.63)

Gulf Shores government finances - Revenue in 2013 (per resident):

  • Charges - Housing and Community Development: $4,007,000 ($339.32)
    Other: $492,000 ($41.66)
    Air Transportation: $428,000 ($36.24)
    Regular Highways: $263,000 ($22.27)
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $164,000 ($13.89)
    Parks and Recreation: $118,000 ($9.99)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,764,000 ($149.38)
    Sale of Property: $628,000 ($53.18)
    Fines and Forfeits: $338,000 ($28.62)
    Donations From Private Sources: $230,000 ($19.48)
    Rents: $30,000 ($2.54)
    Interest Earnings: $10,000 ($0.85)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $241,000 ($20.41)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,318,000 ($958.42)
    Other Selective Sales: $6,611,000 ($559.83)
    Property: $2,500,000 ($211.70)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,884,000 ($159.54)
    Public Utility License: $1,003,000 ($84.94)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $761,000 ($64.44)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $293,000 ($24.81)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $178,000 ($15.07)
    Public Utilities Sales: $160,000 ($13.55)

Gulf Shores government finances - Debt in 2013 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $46,921,000 ($3973.33)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $45,686,000 ($3868.74)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,175,000 ($2131.85)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $23,939,000 ($2027.18)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $166,000 ($14.06)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $127,000 ($10.75)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $39,000 ($3.30)

Gulf Shores government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,468,000 ($293.67)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,874,000 ($1598.27)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,622,000 ($222.03)

8.00% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($64,632 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.00%
Alabama average:

5.95%

0.32% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,385 average AGI)
Baldwin County:

0.32%
Alabama average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Mobile County, AL  1.32% ($70,600 average AGI)
from Escambia County, FL  0.43% ($45,427)
from Jefferson County, AL  0.23% ($92,854)


5.65% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($52,658 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.65%
Alabama average:

5.97%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($231 average AGI)
Baldwin County:

0.03%
Alabama average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Mobile County, AL  1.00% ($47,660 average AGI)
to Escambia County, FL  0.49% ($44,623)
to Jefferson County, AL  0.16% ($55,815)
Businesses in Gulf Shores, AL
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1McDonald's1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Microtel1
Best Western1Nike1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
Cold Stone Creamery1Publix Super Markets1
Curves1RadioShack1
Days Inn1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1Starbucks1
FedEx4Subway2
GNC1T-Mobile1
GameStop1Target1
H&R Block1True Value1
Hardee's1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn2UPS9
La Quinta1Vans2
Maurices1Walmart1

Strongest AM radio stations in Gulf Shores:

  • WDLT (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRHOPE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WHEP (1310 AM; daytime; 3 kW; FOLEY, AL; Owner: STEWART BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WEBY (1330 AM; 25 kW; MILTON, FL; Owner: SPINNAKER LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WNTM (710 AM; 10 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNVY (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CANTONMENT, FL; Owner: 1090-AM INC.)
  • WBHY (840 AM; daytime; 10 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WBCA (1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BAY MINETTE, AL; Owner: SOUTHERN MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WCOA (1370 AM; 5 kW; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WMOB (1360 AM; 5 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: BUDDY TUCKER ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WLPR (960 AM; 5 kW; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WDXZ (1000 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ROBERTSDALE, AL; Owner: GREAT AMERICAN RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Gulf Shores:

  • WKSJ-FM (94.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJLQ (100.7 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBLX-FM (92.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WYOK (104.1 FM; ATMORE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPCS (89.5 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC)
  • WRKH (96.1 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMXC (99.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCSN-FM (105.7 FM; ORANGE BEACH, AL; Owner: GULF COAST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WABB-FM (97.5 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: WABB-FM, INC.)
  • WMEZ (94.1 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WYCL (107.3 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WHIL-FM (91.3 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: SPRING HILL COLLEGE)
  • WXBM-FM (102.7 FM; MILTON, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTKX-FM (101.5 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Gulf Shores:

  • WEAR-TV (Channel 3; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: WEAR LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WJTC (Channel 44; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WPMI (Channel 15; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMPV-TV (Channel 21; MOBILE, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WKRG-TV (Channel 5; MOBILE, AL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WSRE (Channel 23; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: DST .BD. OF TRUSTEES PENSACOLA JR. COLLEGE)
  • WHBR (Channel 33; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION OF PENSACOLA/MOBILE, INC.)
  • WMOE-LP (Channel 12; MOBILE, AL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBPG (Channel 55; GULF SHORES, AL; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WALA-TV (Channel 10; MOBILE, AL; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WRBM-LP (Channel 60; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: UPPER GULF COAST, L.L.C.)
  • WGHA-LP (Channel 66; GULF SHORES , ETC., AL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEIQ (Channel 42; MOBILE, AL; Owner: ALABAMA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION)
  • WBQP-CA (Channel 12; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: VERNON WATSON)
Gulf Shores fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Gulf Shores fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 24Number of bridges
  • 558ft / 170mTotal length
  • $107,295,000Total costs
  • 233,216Total average daily traffic
  • 12,596Total average daily truck traffic
  • 331,713Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic
New bridges in Gulf Shores, AL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11930-1939
  • 81970-1979
  • 51980-1989
  • 81990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Gulf Shores, AL
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Gulf Shores)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 86 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Gulf Shores, AL)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 65 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Gulf Shores)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 5 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Gulf Shores)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 35 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5$118,512614$186,081642$182,35812$92,6541$4,992,720861$190,211
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$130,60027$176,53955$180,3781$145,6200$039$184,480
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$133,08041$185,039107$175,9056$37,8230$053$195,778
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$69,98034$183,76665$178,8891$121,3100$050$197,439
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$019$185,76533$198,3101$41,9700$022$204,427
Choose year:  2003 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0114.03 , 0114.04

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED123$157,71540$151,910104$163,063
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED19$160,77913$165,33519$168,262
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$171,2631$110,4802$230,545
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN6$205,0107$169,6698$183,186
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$104,9200$01$122,540
Choose year:  2003 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0114.03 , 0114.04

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Gulf Shores, AL
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Gulf Shores, AL - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 63. The highest number of reported fires - 106 took place in 2016, and the least - 1 in 2009. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Gulf Shores, AL When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (51.5%), and Structure Fires (27.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Gulf Shores, AL
    • 54951.5%Outside Fires
    • 29327.5%Structure Fires
    • 14013.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 837.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Gulf Shores, AL

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Gulf Shores, Alabama:

  • Holiday Inn Express, 527 E Bch Blvd, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 948-7800, Fax: (251) 948-7800
  • Red Roof Inn, 3049 W First St, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 968-8604
  • Microtel Inn By Wyndham Gulf Shores, 3600 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36547 , Phone: (251) 967-3000, Fax: (251) 967-2363
  • Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores, 3947 Hwy 59, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 454-6350, Fax: (251) 948-2466
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 160 W Commerce Ave, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 948-6191, Fax: (251) 948-6199
  • Hampton Inn Gulf Shores, 1701 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 975-9000, Fax: (251) 975-9001
  • Quality Inn, 213 Ft Morgan Rd, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 967-3500, Fax: (251) 967-4766
  • Beachside Resort Hotel, 610 W Beach Blvd, Gulf shores, Alabama 36542 , Phone: (251) 948-8141, Fax: (251) 948-6999
  • 2 other hotels and motels
All 10 fire-safe hotels and motels in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Most common first names in Gulf Shores, AL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William5776.5 years
James4673.9 years
Mary4679.0 years
John4074.4 years
Robert3572.0 years
Thomas3170.6 years
Charles2474.6 years
George1971.7 years
Ruth1681.9 years
Richard1673.4 years
Most common last names in Gulf Shores, AL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Nelson2480.9 years
Smith2169.1 years
Callaway1379.7 years
Jones1378.9 years
Williams1175.2 years
King974.6 years
Wright877.5 years
Davis877.0 years
Clark862.1 years
Young778.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Gulf Shores, AL
  • 93.3%Electricity
  • 3.6%Utility gas
  • 2.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Gulf Shores, AL
  • 98.1%Electricity
  • 1.6%Utility gas
  • 0.3%No fuel used


Gulf Shores compared to Alabama state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Gulf Shores on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: real estate and rental and leasing (population 5,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: sales and related occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: retail trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time park and recreation workers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: construction and extraction occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time firefighters per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time financial administration workers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia) (population 500+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage population increase from 2000 (population 5,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: real estate and rental and leasing (population 5,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of police officers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
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